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Val Lyle


Selected Exhibitions

West Coast

The Figurative Gallery of Contemporary Art, La Quinta, CA. 2004

The Southeast


"The Sesqui Seven: E&H Celebrates the Bristol Sesquicentennial," Emory & Henry College Gallery, VA. 2006

"3 Wavelengths of Color," Nelson Fine Art Center, Johnson City, TN. 2006

"The Way We Were," Bristol Pulbic Library, Bristol, TN. 2006

"Who We Are: The Figure in the 21st Century," juried by Connie Bostic at the Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC. 2005

Art and Spirituality, Starving Artist and 153 West Booksellers, Abingdon, VA 2004

AR Gallery Salon Show, Johnson City TN 2004

Appalachian Corridors Juried Exhibition, Avampato Discovery Museum at the Clay Center, Charleston WV, 2003

Tri State Sculptors/SECAC Juried Exhibition, 2003 Frankie G Weems Gallery, Meredith College Raleigh, NC

William King Arts Museum, 2003 Instructors Exhibition, Abingdon VA

Inaugural Opening 2003, Fuchsia Gallery, Johnson City, TN

Retrospective Solo Exhibition, 2002 Johnson City Arts Council, TN

Nelson Fine Art Gallery, 2002 Four Artist Show, Johnson City, TN

"3:11", Juried regional art show, Tri-cities Artists' Cooperative, 2002,Johnson City Mall, Johnson City, TN

23rd Annual First Tennessee Bank Art Show 2001, Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN

“A Difference of Opinion,” Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, 2001, Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts Juried Regional Show, 2001, Rock Hill Arts Council, SC

Graduate Honors Exhibition, 2001, Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Graduate Honors Exhibition, 2000, Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Honors Portfolio Print Exchange, 1999, University of Georgia

“Works In Progress,” solo exhibition, 1998, Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA

Group exhibition, 1981, Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville, TN

New York


“Exposure and Vulnerability,” National Outdoor Sculpture Juried Exhibition, 1995, 1994, and 1993, New York State Parks Commission and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, New York

“Wooden Objects,” invitational group exhibition, 1993, Joshua’s Trees, New York, NY

“Underground,” two-artist exhibition, 1993, Fourth Street, New York, NY

Showcase, two-artist exhibition, 1991, The America-Japan Art Association, the Ise Cultural Foundation, and the Soho Art House, 1993, 555 Broadway, New York, NY

“Assembly Required III,” 1992, Zazoo Club, New York, NY

“Snare & Pop,” solo exhibition, 1992, Ise Cultural Foundation in cooperation with 555 Broadway, New York, NY

AIR Open Group Exhibition, 1992, Soho, New York, NY

"Group of Five,” new works exhibition, 1991, Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

“Assembly Required II,” juried exhibition of five artists, 1991, Kampo Cultural Center, Soho, New York, NY

"Assembly Required,” Installation in a five-artist exhibition, 1991, Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY

"Nude Show,” Invitational group exhibition, 1990, SixToSix Gallery, New York, NY

"From the Bar,” solo print and drawing exhibition, 1995, 360 Third Ave, New York, NY



"Binding and Compression,” solo exhibition, 1989, Sarasota, FL

"Art in the Park,” group exhibition, 1989, 1988, and 1987, St Armand’s Circle Association, Sarasota, FL

"Best of Ringling,” juried group exhibition, 1989 and 1988, Sarasota, FL

"Emerging Artists,” juried group exhibition, 1988, Voorhees Gallery, Sarasota, FL

"National Traveling Print makers Exhibition,” 1988, Association of Accredited Art Schools

“Genesis,” solo exhibition, 1988, North Gallery, Sarasota, FL

Juried group exhibition, 1988, American Savings and Loan, Sarasota, FL

Juried sculpture exhibition, 1988, Longboat Key Art Association, Sarasota, FL

“A Studio Opening of 12 Artists,” 1987, Sarasota, FL



1st Annual Career Awards Competition in Art, 1984, National Society of Arts and Letters, Honolulu, HI




Master of Fine Arts, 2001, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Baruch College, Manhattan, New York1992-1993

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Honors, 1993, Ring ling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL



Jason Walker, Penland School of Crafts, NC. 2006

Stephen De Staebler, Archie Bray Foundation, MT 2004

Sergi Isupov, Santa Fe Clay Studio, NM 2002

Patti Warishina, Archie Bray Foundation, MT 2002

Doug Jeck, Archie Bray Foundation, MT 2002 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, SC 2001

Paula Rice, “Reinventing the Figure” one-week workshop and Michael Weisner, “Southwestern Pottery” one-week workshop, Appalachian Center for Crafts, 2000; Ruggles and Rankin, three week kiln building workshop, North Carolina Pottery Center, 2000

Mark Hewitt, 2001, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC

Tom Spleth, 2000, Odyssey Center

Hector and Gracella Gallegos, 2000, Odyssey Center

Steven and Susan Kemenyffy, 1988, Ringling School of Art, Sarasota FL

Patrick Lindheart, “Master Print making,” 1988, Ringling

Professional Experience



Instructor, William King Regiional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA. Portrait Sculpture, Fall & Spring, 2006

Adjunct Professor, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA. Sculpture I, Spring 2006, 2004, 2003

Adjunct Professor, Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, VA. Developed new course for adult graphic design "fast-track" 3D and package design. 2005.

Project Coordinator, William King Regional Art Museum in conjunction with the Virginia Highlands Festival. Public, outdoor sculpture project on the museum grounds. Fall 2004.

Adjunct Professor, Northeast State Community College, Blountville, TN. Art History Survey I. Summer 2002

Adjunct Professor, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. 3D Design, Spring 2003, Fall, 2002. 2D Design & Intro Ceramics, Summer, 2001

Teaching Associate/Instructor of Record, East Tennessee State University. 3D Design, Spring 2001, Fall 2000. 2D Design, Spring 2000. Color Theory, Fall 1999.

Program Director and Art Teacher, Palama Settlement, Honolulu, HI. Program for 150 underprivileged children. Summer, 1983.

Professional Experience


Visual Resources/Slide Librarian, East Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design, 2001-present

Calendar Editor, Museums New York Magazine 1995-1996

Designed and fabricatod prototype sculptural gift items for international company, NYC 1990-1994

Artist, large-scale interior and exterior murals, Florida, Hawaii and Tennessee

Assistant to head of the Sculpture Department during the instruction of bronze and aluminum foundry procedures, lost wax techniques and welding, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, 1989-1988

Producer and Director, documentary video, “Binding and Compression,” 1989

Art Program Director, Palama Settlement, three-month Summer Arts Program for 150 children, Hono, HI, 1983

Graphic artist, Honolulu, HI, 1985-1983; Knoxville, TN, 1982

Professional Service


President, North Carolina Folk Art Society, 2006

Vice president, North Carolina Folk Art Society 2005

Board member, North Carolina Folk Art Society, 2004

Created a public outdoor sculpture project on the grounds of William King Regional Art Museum in conjunction with The Virginia Highlands Festival, fall 2004

Began the Permanent Outdoor Sculpture Garden at VHCC, spring 2004

Art Advisor to the student art and literary magazine of East Tennessee State University “The Mockingbird” 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

Juried “Echoes and Images” the NSCC art and literature magazine, 2002

Time Arts Committee, Knoxville Museum of Art, 1999-2001

Volunteered 100 hours to bring an art experience to schoolchildren of Hancock County, TN through a Kellogg Grant, 2000

Guest Lecturer at Ringling School of Art and Design 1995



The World Dictionary of Ceramic Art and Artists, Steven Goldate, Melbourne Australia. To be published by A&C Black, Great Britain 2007

Work Shares a Common Theme, review of exhibit, "3 Wavelengths of Color", Nelson Fine Art Center, Johnson City, TN, by Allison Alfonso, Johnson City Press, August 20, 2006

Review and photos of exhibit, "The Bristol Sesqui Seven", Emory & Henry College, Highlander Magazine, July/August, 2006.

The Sesqui Seven: Seven Bristol Artists Celebrate their City's Sesquicentinneial, in A! Magazine, July 2006.

Ceramics Today, “Website of the Week,” February 11th, 2005.

Desert Art Scene, article in Western US Art journal, 2005.

Art in America Guide to participating artists 2004 & 2005..

Thesis presented at International Conference of Graduate School Deans as an exemplary use of new technologies, 2001, 2002, 2003.

Figurative Sculpture in Paper Clay, Master's Thesis, (Electronic, PDF file), 2001.

Feature television segment by Mark Hilton, TV 5, on the future technologies of art and education. (Aired over thirty times it was so popular.)

Printed Matter artists book at DIA in NYC.

Brooklyn newspaper article, including outdoor sculpture picture, 1992.

Art in America outstanding student artist, 1988.

Featured artist Annette Schulman TV show Sarasota FL 1988.

Honors and Awards

Who's Who in America, 60th Ed. 2007, 2006

Full Scholarship, studio assistant in ceramics, Penland School of Crafts. Fall, 2006

Chosen to represent the City of Bristol, VA, in the Bristol Sesquicentennial Exhibition, 1912 Gallery, Emory & Henry College, 2006.

Gold Addy of Excellence for The Mockingbird, student art and literary magazine, East Tennessee State University. Faculty Art Advisor.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, ETSU Chapter.

New York “Artist’s Space” Grant, 1991

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1989 and 1987

Featured emerging artist, “Conversations with Annette Scherman,” Channel 4, Sarasota, FL, 1988

Represented Ringling School of Art and Design in the AAASC National Traveling Print Show, 1988

Selected Exhibitions
West Coast
New York


Professional Experience


Honors and Awards

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